An Ohio woman stands accused of leaving her boyfriend’s body to rot in a motel room for days after he reportedly overdosed on heroin.
According to WKRC Cincinnati, 34-year-old Kathryn Carmen allegedly told authorities that nothing was amiss when they initially responded to report of a foul odor in the room, located at Crossland Motel in Sharonville.
Police were called to the room again on June 14 by an employee of the motel. After the worker reportedly asked the suspect about the odor, they “felt something solid” underneath a pile of clothes that Carmen allegedly threw onto the floor, according to WKRC.
Deputies arrived to the scene again to perform a welfare check, and this time discovered the body of Jacob Tackett, who Carmen was reportedly dating at the time, Fox 8 reports. Authorities say Carmen then confessed to hiding the man underneath the clothing. She allegedly told authorities that Tackett had fatally overdosed on heroin June 10.
Carmen alleged that after passing out, she awoke to find that her boyfriend wasn’t breathing and she subsequently moved him to the floor to attempt CPR, police say, adding that she passed out yet again while trying to revive the man. The suspect allegedly told police that she continued to abuse heroin after Tackett, whom she had covered with a sheet, was deceased.
Though Carmen reportedly told authorities that she spent the next two nights following Tackett’s death in nearby woods, and then at a friend’s home for a night where she scored more heroin, she said she still showered and got dressed in the motel room.
Carmen allegedly failed to notify anyone of the man’s death, and the odor from the remains became so intense that it could be smelled from the motel’s parking lot, police said.
According to court documents, Carmen is facing a charge of abusing a corpse.
The latest report by the Ohio Department of Health cited 1,444 deaths from heroin overdoses in the state in 2016.
[Feature Photo: Kathryn Carmen/Police Handout]